Ao Chalong is the name given to the small resort which lays on the Chalong Bay, the largest bay on Phuket Island and the main anchorage point for this part of the island. It’s just 11km from the town and a major base for yacht charter companies in the region.
Though extremely beautiful as far as the natural setting goes, sadly the Ao Chalong region is not suited for swimming.
Travel & Arrival
Getting here can be done in several ways but the easiest is by far using the plane, since Phuket is serviced by an international airport, located 40km to the north, on the other side of the island. However, the transfer time is estimated at over 50 minutes thanks to the traffic here in Yacht Charter Thailand
By land, there is only one road leading on the island, the 402, which connects Phuket to the mainland via a bridge. You simply need to follow the 402 down to the south and it will break off to the 4022 which will lead you straight into Ao Chalong. There is a regular bus service, between 8 o’clock and 17:30 every day leaving from the market in Phuket which will drop you off right by the pier.
Avant & Apres Sail
Not really a tourist resort in the classical sense, Ao Chalong is however a good place to get a Yacht Charter deal, since if you rent from here you cut out the middleman. From here you can charter yachts, ski jets, speedboats and other vessels which you can then sail to the neighboring islands like Coral Island, Raya or Koh Phi Phi.
There is a local attraction in the area, in the form of the Wat Chalong Buddhist Temple with the famous cast statue of Luang Pho Cham a historical figure who helped quell a rebellion by the Chinese in 1876.
Chalong is also the place if you want to buy Yacht Charter gear since most scuba diving companies on the island have relocated and sell equipment wholesale. Here you’ll also find other nautical companies which can sell and/or hire anything from speed boats, fishing boats, snorkeling equipment and yachts. So make sure you bring your credit card but be aware of inflated prices for tourists and foreigners as there are people who might take advantage of your trusting nature.
Ao Chalong also has a wide range of restaurants to cater to every taste. The upside is that a great number of eateries means a lot more competition which drives the prices down. In Yacht Charter Chalong you can get tasty Thai food for good prices, but there are also Italian, Mexican, American, Indian and British menus available here. However, if you want an insider tip, make sure you try the seafood restaurants here as they are said to be the best on the island.
When it comes to a little bit of nighttime entertainment, there are plenty of waterfront bars where you can spend your time and money on a few cold drinks. The themes to these bars range from the family-oriented to the adults only, so there’s bound to be something here for you.
Events & Actions
Since this is the main harbor for Phuket island, there are a lot of Yacht Charter related activities to do here. Mostly every type of water sport and water leisure activity you can think of is done here. On land, Ao Chalong has a shooting range, ATV rides, elephant rides, a go kart track, paintball course and horse riding trips. One of the preferred activities of the tourists who come here is to visit the famous Big Buddha which overlooks Phuket Town, Chalong Bay and offers views of Phi Phi island on clear days.